The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has denied ordering the arrest of any person involved in the fracas at the National Assembly on Thursday when the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, was temporarily denied entrance into the complex by security officials.
Mr. Abba said that the decision to arrest any suspect, including Mr. Tambuwal, in connection with the incident lay with the police officers investigating the matter.
This is contained in a statement by police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, a Commissioner of Police, on Saturday in Abuja.
According to Mr. Abba, it lies with the investigating police officers to determine who to “invite, quiz and prosecute as the case may be.”
Supporters of Mr. Tambuwal including members of the House forced themselves into the chambers after security operatives working on orders prevented them entrance into the building. The actions of the security operatives has been condemned by several Nigerians including the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, the party Mr. Tambuwal joined when he left Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The APC has also warned that any plan to arrest Mr. Tambuwal could lead to breakdown of order.
Meanwhile, the police chief has also condemned what he described as “unwarranted attack” on police officers providing security at a political rally in Oke Ado area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
One Police Inspector was said to have been shot dead and five others seriously injured in the incident.
A statement by the police authorities in Abuja said Mr. Abba had ordered a thorough investigation into the incident.
He reiterated his warning to political actors to desist from the use of thugs.
He also reaffirmed the resolve of the force to provide “a safe and secure corridor for all political competitors” but stressed that offenders of the Electoral Act would be prosecuted.